"But company sales in China strengthened in the first quarter 2015, with new Tesla owners licensing 1,055 vehicles, according to marketing consultancy JL Warren Capital. Musk’s company is also trying new strategies in hopes of drumming up business under Tom Zhu Xiaotong, Tesla’s current executive in charge of China operations. Zhu, who once headed Tesla’s charging-network development unit in China, has held Tesla’s top position in the country since replacing Veronica Wu Bixuan last August. Wu stepped down after just nine months on the job, apparently a victim of the sluggish sales. Under Zhu, this year could mark a turnaround for Tesla China. By working to address unique market-access hurdles, from battery-charging stations to government relations, Zhu’s team hopes to win more consumers by proving Tesla can adapt."
"Because sensory response can’t always be trusted, we checked with our instruments, which showed that the Tesla had reached 30 mph in one and one-third seconds. That’s an unheard-of acceleration rate in a street-legal car. In our tests, no other 'normal' car has reached that velocity that quickly, and in that few feet. Oh, and the Tesla hit 60 mph in three and a half seconds. That’s still million-dollar supercar territory."